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Bentley Motors plans to exclusively offer plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles by 2026 and fully electric models by 2030, the British luxury automaker said on Thursday.
Bentley, which is owned by the German automaker Volkswagenwill offer two unnamed plug-in hybrid models from next year. According to the company, the first fully electric vehicle is expected in 2025. Bentley’s only plug-in hybrid is currently the Bentayga SUV.
“The future of Bentley will be fully electric,” said Bentley chief engineer Matthias Rabe during an event in which he outlined the future direction of the 100-year-old company.
The decision is an important step for the automaker best known for making the decision extremely luxurious vehicles with eight and twelve cylinder engines. It follows that several other automakers are planning to move away from vehicles with traditional internal combustion engines in exchange for electric drives.
“Within a decade, Bentley will go from being a 100-year-old luxury auto company to a new, sustainable and fully ethical example of luxury,” said Adrian Hallmark, Bentley CEO in a statement. He said the company aims to be completely carbon neutral by 2030.
Bentley Bentayga SUV
During the event, Bentley said Bentley was “able” to break even after the company has suffered significant business disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m not guaranteed, but that’s clearly our mission,” Hallmark said, adding that the company should make 10,000 sales this year – slightly lower if not in line with its 11,006 vehicles sold in 2019.
Bentley announced in the summer it would cut up to 1,000 jobsor nearly a quarter of its workforce through a “voluntary layoff” program as its business plans “have clearly been derailed by the effects of the pandemic”.